Wrong Time, Waaaayyyy Wrong Place
There's most definitely a major spoiler to an incident that happened in 'Haven't I Killed You Before?'
, but I don’t think it's nearly enough to be confused, if you haven’t read that yet. Which, by the way, if you haven’t, you probably should. It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself! ;)
Okay, with my shameless self-plugging and all the explanations out of the way, onto to the legal stuff. I don’t own Buffy or DW. They are owned by their respective owners, blah blah blah.
My Bloody Lover
Chapter One: Wrong Time, Way Wrong Place
“Buffy! Are you alright, love?”
I sat up slowly. My head was a bit dizzy. My arm was a bit sore from landing on it after being tilted over one of the higher up railings. And there was a rather large headache looming. Possibly a migraine.
All things that would eventually go away.
“Yeah. I’m fine. Help me up?”
The Doctor rushed over and grabbed my elbow, helping me stand.
“What happened? What’s with the boom-y crash landing type thing?”
The Doctor raised his eyebrow, presumably at my speech and turned back to the console.
“Well, we crashed. So therefore…..a crashed landing.”
“We crashed?! We literally crashed? Where? Why?” I asked, running up behind him, as he dashed around the console to the screen.
He didn’t answer. He just stared at the screen and fiddled intently with knobs and levers. While he was busy, I decided to sneak over towards the doors and have myself a little peeksies at our location.
I put my hand on the door to pull it open. The Doctor yelled, jumped down and lunged himself in front of the doors.
go out there, love. I have absolutely no idea where we are, why we crashed and, more importantly, why the TARDIS won’t let us leave. Clearly, that means it’s not safe out there, for whatever reason.”
If he was hoping to catch my attention, he did.
“Wait, what? We’re stuck?”
“It would appear that way.”
“Why are we stuck?!?”
“She’s very…testy. Almost adamant, I dare say.”
“Adamant? As in we’ve crashed and now we’re stuck…on purpose
“From what I can gather, yes.”
“I’m guessing that you plan on tinkering around to find out what the problem is?”
“Well, yes. Of course.”
“And I’m guessing that you want me to stay put, here in the TARDIS, while you do that?”
“Um, yes. It would most definitely be helpful to know where you are and that you’re not in any trouble.”
I walked closer to the Doctor and wrapped my arms around his neck. I lowered my eyes and looked up at him from under my eyelashes. I was using what some might call ‘puppy dog eyes’.
“So, you’re saying that there’s definitely no way we can go out and see where we are? Even just for a minute? A teeny, tiny minute?” I trailed my finger down from his neck as I spoke.
He didn’t answer. He just sighed heavily. It was the type of sigh that let me know that I had won. The sigh of defeat.
He wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me up tight to him.
“You’re using trickery and that’s not fair.” he smirked.
“Have to get my way somehow.” I smiled back.
I had been doing that a lot lately. Smiling.
The heaviness that hung in my heart over Dawn’s untimely death wasn’t so heavy anymore. The sting was definitely still there, at times almost unbearable, but the Doctor, my
Doctor….he made it better.
So much better.
I’d been gone from Earth and… ‘normal’...time for, oh, I don’t know, about a year or so, I’d guess. However, the Doctor constantly assures me that it’s actually been a lot longer. More like two or three years, Earth terms.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times.
Time travel is confusing.
The Doctor sighed again.
“Oh okay. Let’s go take a quick look around. I can’t say ‘no’ to you and you’ve seemed to figure that out.”
I grinned, kissed him on the lips for a long moment and then slid out of his arms.
The Doctor grabbed his trench from its post and slipped it on as he walked towards the doors. I was wearing a purple long-sleeved top with my jeans so I decided that I would fore-go the coat route. Coats just get in the way.
“Ladies first.” the Doctor smiled, gesturing towards the doors.
I put my hands on them and started to open them, but stopped.
“Just so you know, if there’s something outside, waiting to eat us, I’m going to be super pissed at her for landing us here.”
“Won’t know if we just stand here.” he smiled.
I opened the doors and gazed out, expecting to see some beautiful, brilliant planet, like in the past.
I was met with disappointment.
Severe, severe disappointment.
“It’s a cemetery.” I peered around the doors of the TARDIS, without actually stepping out. I recognized several statues immediately.
“And not just any old cemetery…it’s Sunnydale. We’re in Sunnydale.” I added on.
The Doctor stepped out past me to investigate, his curiosity definitely peaked.
Considering that the Sunnydale of the future....was currently a giant crater.
A giant crater that I totally
had nothing at all to do with. Ahem.
“Hmm…yes. It would appear that way.” he agreed after a few minutes.
I stepped out of the TARDIS, closing and locking the doors with my key on the way out.
The Doctor was a few spaces down, staring blankly at a row of tombstones. He had the saddest look etched on his beautiful, ancient face.
“Buffy, I know where we are.” he said. His somber tone matched the look on his face.
“Yeah, in Sunnydale. Already established that.” I said, walking over and sliding my hand in his.
“Not just Sunnydale.”
“No? Where then?”
He pointed down to the row of stones in front of us.
I gasped and my hand automatically went up to my mouth as I read them. By the time I was at the last one, I understood the Doctor’s now forming tears. I took a deep breath and squeezed his hand tightly.
BELOVED DAUGHTER AND FRIEND
ALEXANDER L. HARRIS
BELOVED SON AND FRIEND
WILLOW D. ROSENBERG
BELOVED DAUGHTER AND FRIEND
BELOVED MOTHER, FRIEND AND COMPANION
BUFFY ANNE SUMMERS
BELOVED DAUGHTER AND FRIEND
SHE SAVED THE WORLD.
“It’s a parallel dimension.” the Doctor said, quietly, squeezing my hand back.
I used my free hand to wipe tears away---his and mine.
“We should leave. It’s not safe for us to be here, love. You very clearly existed in this dimension….if someone were to see you…the consequences could be disastrous.” he added on.
“They already are! Everyone I’ve ever cared about is dead.” I sobbed.
“Shhh….shhh. It’s alright, sweetheart. It’s alright. It’s just an alternate reality.” he said, pulling me into a tight hug.
“C’mon, let’s get back into the TARDIS. I’ll get you set up with a nice cuppa and some biscuits while I try to figure out what’s wrong with her.”
I nodded, slowly, in agreement but when I lifted my head from his shoulder, my whole body went rigid.
“Buffy? What is it?” the Doctor asked, feeling my body tense up.
“Doctor, you once told me that occasionally, the TARDIS will take us where we’re needed versus where we want to be. Is that right?”
“Then I know why she brought us here.”
I pulled out of his arms and placed him behind me while I took up a protective stance in the front. I reached behind me into his coat pocket and pulled out Mr. Pointy 2.0.
In the not too far off distance stood four of the most noticeable vampires from my past.
They stood, ready to attack, behind their leader.